5 Essential Green Packing Tips for Your Next Move
Environmental awareness makes people more conscious about the materials they use every day. As a result, we hope to have a clean, sustainable world for us and future generations to enjoy. Overall, the process of moving can cause more harm to the environment than any of your ordinary tasks. To begin with, you will need to have one or more trucks make one or more trips between your current and future locations. The transportation requires the consumption of fuel and the resulting release of exhaust into the atmosphere.
Companies that produce packing materials can release carbon dioxide and other toxins into the air while consuming natural and synthetic resources. Moving can also generate seemingly endless piles of trash that can become litter and occupy landfill space. Never allow your environmental consciousness to make a disaster out of your move. Instead, use the following five green packing tips to minimize the impact of your moving experience.
1. Start Packing on Time and Get Rid Of Clutter
When you have the luxury of working without the panic of looming deadlines, you have enough time to evaluate the contents of your home to identify items that you no longer need.
Things that you think might be handy to have one day often are things you can either donate to non-profit thrift shops or sell at a yard sale. Such a practice maximizes the use of existing goods while reducing the amount of “stuff” that you need to pack and relocate.
Even when you find things that have no remaining usefulness, you can spend time making sure that they get recycled. On moving day, you will have fewer things to move and, therefore, require less fuel to transport it. You will also enjoy all the benefits of your new clutter-free home.
2. Buy Eco-Friendly Boxes
You can save the trees and your possessions by using boxes made from recycled plastic. Tyga-Boxes, for example, can eliminate cardboard from your move, reduce the cost of your move by almost one-third, and stay out of the landfill. These economical and eco-friendly boxes can last longer than two decades and have a tremendous positive impact on our world.
If you choose to use cardboard boxes, care for them well as you unpack so someone else can use them afterward. Consider placing and advertisement, so other movers can find them. If you have damaged boxes, take them to a recycling center rather than putting them in the trash.
3. Choose Recycled Packing Supplies
As you plan your move, use recycled packing supplies as much as possible. If you run out, buy supplies that were made from recycled or biodegradable materials. Recycled newspaper, for example, can work well for wrapping fragile items such as dishes.
You can buy environmentally sustainable packing peanuts and bubble wrap to pack other sensitive items. Often, supplies made from alternative and renewable materials are colored green, so they are easily identifiable.
4. Use What You Already Have
Simplify packing while reducing your environmental footprint by using common items such as towels, clothing and bed sheets to wrap your possessions. You need to move such items anyway, so you introduce efficiency while reducing your dependence on consumable materials. Other items that can make your move more green and efficient include pillows, cushions and Tupperware containers.
5. Maximize Space to Take Fewer Trips
Do everything possible to reduce the number of trips and vehicles needed to complete your move. If you have a car that will be either towed or shipped, for example, you can pack if full of household items before seeing it off. You can also use your car to supplement the use of your van, especially if you need to follow it to your destination. Avoid the temptation to rely solely on your car because a van has more fuel and time efficiency for moving heavy loads. Regardless, always plan your move to use the least possible amount of fuel.
At a time of environmental awareness, you can move without jeopardizing the safety and the future of the world around you. Take the first step by using the above green packing tips to minimize the impact of your move. By allowing yourself sufficient time, you can reduce the number of items that you relocate, and take responsible steps to pack your possessions safely and with care.
Emily Preston is a stay-at-home mom of a young environmentalist, freelance writer, cat lover, fitness junkie, and a huge fan of nature and eco-living. You can follow her via Twitter @emilypreston555